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Prairie Rattlesnake

Crotalus viridis


Found this little beauty warming himself in the middle of the road on a cold fall day. I was surprised to see him out at all, but with recent flood water finally subsiding I think it's possible he was making his way back to his territory after being displaced by the flood. We moved him off the road and out of harms way. He was not very appreciative! Hopefully he finds a nice safe place to hibernate.

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33 Comments (1–25)

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thanks Snakes Are Cool! It was the first one I had ever seen! Definitely love at first sight!

snakes are cool
snakes are cool 9 years ago

Classic rattler stance! Awesome!!

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you so much Mona Pirih! I'm glad we got him off the road safely!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 9 years ago


EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you Adarsha!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 9 years ago

Nice series Emily :)

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

I completely agree Łoce! Being the first rattlesnake I have ever seen in person, I was very much impressed with his beauty!

Łoce 9 years ago

Beautifull snake :))

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you so much Christy! Looking forward to our "Raptoring" on Monday!

ChristyHolland 9 years ago

Nice one, Emily! Picture perfect! Congrats on another well-deserved SOTD!

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you all so much! I had a very beautiful and cooperative subject!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

Congratulations, Emily !

RickLampman 9 years ago

WOW !! Great !! Congrats on the Spotting of the Day :)

Jack Settle
Jack Settle 9 years ago


Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 9 years ago

Congrats Emily!Very nice spotting!!!!

JoeHartman 9 years ago

Congrats Emily! Not only a lovely snake and great photos, but also your attitude towards the snake, to save it. Well deserved!

Tiz 9 years ago

What a fantastic photo Emily! Very, very well deserved :)

MarcTe 9 years ago

Great spotting and well deserved SOTD! And thanks for saving the snake :)

Arya 9 years ago

Congrats on SOTD and for saving a snake! I'm sure it's very happy it did not get run over.

MacChristiansen 9 years ago

Congratulations Emily on your SOTD

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you suzmonk!

suzmonk 9 years ago

Congratulations ... so great.

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Thank you all so much! I am truly honored! It's up to all of us who love animals to be their advocates and to educate others about them. People often fear what they don't understand. We can all educate those around us through our actions and our photographs! This snake didn't want to hurt me, he wanted to be left alone! I hope this snake finds a safe warm place to spend his winters...far far away from the road!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

Awesome story and spotting! Really nice shots. Thanks for sharing Emily, Congrats! :)

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 9 years ago


Spotted by

Lakewood, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Oct 16, 2013
Submitted on Oct 17, 2013

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